Line of Duty producers retweet messages linking dodgy DCI to the PM

The producers behind the hit TV drama Line of Duty have hinted that the bumbling villain DCI Ian Buckells who was unveiled as the 'Fourth Man' may have been inspired by Boris Johnson.

After fans across the nation finally discovered who the elusive 'H' was on Sunday, the BBC drama's producers, World Productions, retweeted a series of posts that appeared to draw comparisons between the bungling stooge and the Prime Minister.

It came after Line of Duty viewers across the nation described being left 'underwhelmed' and 'disappointed' as the nail-biting series finale drew to a close - and the mysterious antagonist 'H' was revealed to be none other than Ian Buckells.

The detective - widely thought until Sunday's episode to have been just a bungling stooge - was first introduced to viewers in series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton.

He later went on to become Detective Chief Inspector in series four before being promoted once more in this final series.

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DCI Ian Buckells who was unveiled as the 'Fourth Man' during the nail-biting finale on Sunday night

DCI Ian Buckells who was unveiled as the 'Fourth Man' during the nail-biting finale on Sunday night

Following the episode, the producers behind the hit TV drama, World Productions, retweeted a number of posts that appeared to make comparisons between the drama's villain and the Prime Minister

Following the episode, the producers behind the hit TV drama, World Productions, retweeted a number of posts that appeared to make comparisons between the drama's villain and the Prime Minister

In one post, which was retweeted by the production team, one Twitter user shared an image of Buckells alongside Boris Johnson.

A message next to the images read: 'I wonder if the reason so many people are angry, is because they don't want to acknowledge that this guy is basically Buckells?' 

Meanwhile another retweet quoted a line from the drama's Superintendent Ted Hastings, who fronts the anti-corruption unit AC-12, and read: 'Your corruption has been mistaken for incompetence.' 

The production company also retweeted a post by the former spokesperson for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, who used a quote said by Hastings during the nail-biting finale to draw comparison to Mr Johnson.

The retweet read: 'How some people can fail upwards beggars belief' - the best @jedmercurio troll of @BorisJohnson yet #LineOfDuty.'   

The subtle comparison between the drama's villain and the Prime Minister come after the show's creator Jed Mercurio furiously criticised the UK government's response to the coronavirus crisis last year.

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The production company appeared to hint a link between Buckells and Boris Johnson on social media

The production company appeared to hint a link between Buckells and Boris Johnson on social media

Taking to Twitter last year Mercurio wrote: 'Absolutely sickening litany of evasions once again from officials in today's Covid briefing with journalists letting these lying bastards off the hook.

'People are dying because of the failures of Govt and senior advisers.'                

Following Monday night's dramatic showdown, viewers took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as

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